BHS girls advance in Top Gun
WELLSVILLE - The streak remained alive here Tuesday night.
Despite being the No. 6 seed in the Top Gun Tournament, the Baldwin High School girls' basketball team kept its streak of first-round victories alive. In the tournament's 18-year history, the Bulldogs have never lost their opening game. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs beat No. 3 seed Kansas City Christian 52-46 to advance to the semifinals.
"I thought we played pretty well for most of the game," coach Bob Martin said. "I thought we got back on our heels late in the game and gave them a chance to get back in it. I thought for three quarters we played really well, especially in the first half. Overall, it was a good win for us."
Baldwin will play Saint Marys at 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the red gym. St. Marys defeated Anderson County 66-36 Tuesday.
"I think it's going to be a great challenge for us," Martin said. "They are an outstanding team, but we are looking forward to playing them. I think we are ready for a challenge like this and I am interested to see how we compete."
On Tuesday, Baldwin jumped on KC Christian early with a 14-2 first quarter lead. BHS continued to pour it on during the second quarter as it led 28-12 at one point. KC Christian closed the lead to 28-17 at halftime.
"I thought our defense was very good in the first quarter and we ended up hitting some shots," Martin said. "I still didn't think we were executing like we should have, but we had a great first quarter, especially defensively."
Both teams exchanged baskets in the third quarter, but Baldwin still maintained its lead, 39-25, heading into the final period.
Junior Clare Miles' basket gave BHS a 47-37 lead with 3:26 remaining in the contest. KC Christian rallied with six straight points in the next minute. However, senior Callie Craig had an answer of her own with four free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
"That was good to see," Martin said of making the late foul shots. "They have some experience and I felt pretty comfortable with them going to the line in that situation. I was pleased with the last two minutes of our game."
Junior Tracie Weege led Baldwin in scoring with 19 points. Craig also finished in double digits with 12 points. Senior Heather Garcia and Miles each added six points.
Thursday's other semifinal game will feature Kansas City Piper versus Spring Hill. That game will be played directly after Baldwin's contest.